A Columbus man was found dead Tuesday morning, apparently burned to death outside of a local business.
Jimmy Lee Gates, 73, of 3116 Wise St., was pronounced dead by Coroner Bill Thrower at 10:57 a.m. Gates was pronounced deceased at 2306 Buena Vista Road, an old gas station at the corner of Buena Vista Road and Ewart Avenue.
"There was fire involved," Thrower said. "He'll be going up (to Atlanta) for an autopsy."
The Columbus Fire and EMS Department got the call about the fire around 9:30 a.m., said Lt. Ricky Wadkins.
"It just looked like he was on fire," Wadkins said. "Why, we don't know yet. That's still undetermined."
The cause of the fire is undetermined.